Puyol and Suarez back Messi to leave Barcelona

    Lionel Messi’s present and former Barcelona teammates have backed his decision to leave Camp Nou following an underwhelming season

    After surrendering the La Liga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona moved on to bow out of the Champions League on a sorrow note.

    An 8-2 thumping to Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals has been a final straw in an already full glass, as Lionel Messi wants to leave the Catalan giants, effective immediately.

    Indeed, the 33-year-old superstar has already handed a request to the club hierarchy to cut him loose after falling out with the sporting management.

    Although the Camp Nou outfit are fighting tooth and nail to keep the iconic player beyond the summer, Messi seems to be closer to leaving the team than ever.

    With confirmations of the Argentinean’s inexorable desire to part ways with Barcelona arriving from all over Europe, Carles Puyol has backed his ex-teammate to pursue his wish.

    “Respect and admiration, Leo. You have my full support, my friend,” the former Barca captain wrote on Twitter.

    Luis Suarez, who’s also on the verge of leaving Barcelona, took to social media to support Puyol’s claim by reacting to his tweet by posting two clapping emojis.

    Messi is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, having racked up 634 goals in 731 appearances across all competitions.

    The six-time Ballon d’Or winner gave an immense contribution to establishing Barca as the Spanish and European supreme force over the past two decades.

    During his 16-year stint in Catalonia, Messi has won 33 major titles, including ten La Liga crowns and four Champions League trophies.

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